Folio Facts: This week, Paige tackles an enigma wrapped in a mystery: the Voynich Manuscript. It is currently held at the Beinecke at Yale University and is named after Wilfred Voynich who was a bookseller that bought it in 1912 from a monastery. An illuminated manuscript carbon dates to the early 1400s, the Voynich is written in an as-of-yet unbreakable code.
Jennifer encourages everyone to read about the mission & history of the Institute of Advanced Study. *Note: Jennifer did not make it super clear in the episode, the IAS is not part of Princeton University, but happens to also be located in Princeton, New Jersey.*
BBE Bookstore: Paige presents the Egyptian-steampunk-fantasy-murder mystery A Dead Djinn in Cairo, by P. Djeli Clark. Lucky for you, the entirety of this novella is available for free on Tor.com.
Coming up next time is our September bonus Movie Magic episode! This month we will be comparing the book and film adaptation of Hidden Figures. If you are enjoying the podcast, please consider leaving us a review or following us on social media. If you’d like to support the podcast, you can buy books mentioned in this episode from our Bookshop store, or head on over to our Patreon for bonus content. Until next time, cheers!
It is that time again somehow, bookish peeps. August has absolutely flown by and we are staring down September. With that in mind, it is time to reveal our lineup for the coming month. Click through the gallery to preview our book pics! Let us know what you think and if you are also excited for some serious fall vibes.
Jennifer is bringing you BBE’s first academic history with Caroline Walker Bynum’s Holy Feast and Holy Fast. How much does Jennifer love this book? Well she *willingly* wrote three papers on it in grad school…so you could say a lot. CW: we will be talking about restricted eating behaviors.
Paige’s Books We Love pick for the month is Ausma Zehanat Khan’s The Bloodprint. An epic fantasy set in a Middle-Eastern inspired world, Paige loved this book for its world building and powerful female characters. Defeating a slave trade with the power of books? Sounds like an archivist’s dream.
BBE is SO excited to present this month’s Movie Magic episode: Hidden Figures. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book turned into a major motion picture. This could be our toughest call in Movie Magic yet.
And that is a wrap for our September Sneak Peek. To keep up with BBE this season, be sure to follow us on social media. If you are enjoying the podcast so far, we would dearly appreciate a review or you can send us an email. And finally, if you’d like to support the podcast, you can check out our Bookshop store, or head on over to our Patreon to get access to our full bonus episodes (link below). Stay nerdy, bookish peeps!